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Boris Johnson Indicates U.K. Won’t Update Climate Targets Next Year

  • British pledges already consistent with global goals: Johnson
  • COP26 climate summit included call for nations to revise vows
Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, U.K., on Nov. 10. 

Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, U.K., on Nov. 10. 

Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson suggested the U.K. won’t update its international climate promises next year, saying they’re already ambitious enough to help limit global warming since pre-industrial times to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Addressing Parliament following two weeks of climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, Johnson said the summit had kept “alive” the temperature ambition that was first spelled out in the Paris Agreement in 2015. He also hailed the commitment made at the conference known as COP26, to “phase down” coal.